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Birth of vastu pursha

Vaastu Purush is present in each and every plot whether
it is big or small. He has a fixed and peculiar body. His
head remains hanging down and his body is spread all
over the length and breadth of the ground. There is an
interesting story in the MATSYA PURAN in which the
birth of Vaastu Purusha is narrated. By
reading that story one knows why the worship of the
Vaastu Purusha is necessary before beginning
construction of any building.
Long long ago Lord Shiva fought against the
demon named ANDHAKA and killed him. While
fighting with demon, Shiva was very much tired and
began to sweat profusely. A man was born of the drops
of Shiva’s sweat. He looked very cruel. He was very
hungry. So he began to make penance to appease Lord
Shiva and get a boon from him. Shiva was pleased with
his penance and appeared before him. The
devotee prayed to Shiva,” Oh Lord! Please permit me to
eat away all the three worlds.” Shiva said,” Let it be so.”
The devotee’s joy knew no bounds. He got
possession on all the three worlds and first he was
ready to eat the terrestrial world (Bhooloka). Then the
celestial (Devatas), Brahma, Shiva and the demons
(Rakshasas) also were terrified and caught hold of the
devotee encircling him.
Vaastu Purusha, being arrested like this, said to the
Gods, “Oh, Celestial Beings! You have all caught hold
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of me and tied me on all the sides. How long shall I be
like this, in this position hanging my head down like a
prisoner? What shall I eat? Listening to those words,
the celestial beings said, “Today is Bhadrapada Shukla
Triteya Saturday and ‘Visakha Star’; So you lie down
here on the ground changing your position once in three
months, i.e. from ‘Bhadraspada’ to ‘kartik’ you lie down
putting your head in the eastern direction and your feet
towards the west. During the months of “Margashira”,
‘Pusham’ and ‘Magha’, you lie down
towards the south looking towards the west and put
your feet towards the north during the months of
‘Phalgun’, ‘Chaitra’ and ‘Vaisakh’ put your head towards
the west and feet towards the east., looking towards
the north; in the months of ‘Jyestha’, ‘Ashadha’ and
‘Sravana’, put your head towards the east. North and
the feet towards the south & look towards the east.
Whatever side you may turn, you will have to lie down
on the left side only. You will be known as ‘VAASTU
PURUSHA’. You will tease the people, to your heart’s
content, who construct buildings and temples, dig wells
and tanks on the side towards which you see and in the
direction towards which you hold your feet. You may
trouble and even devour those people who
construct the aforesaid buildings and temples etc. In
the direction where you lay your head and back and
those who lay foundation-stone without worshipping you
or without satisfying you with “Homa” and the like. Then
the Vaastu-Purusha was quite satisfied. Since then the
worship of Vaastu-Purusha has been in vogue and it
has become compulsory for those who want to construct any kind of building.

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